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You Are The Product: Facebook Won’t Notify 500 Million Affected by Hack

Business Insider reported last week that phone numbers and other details from user profiles were leaked on a public database, which Facebook confirmed by stating that “malicious actors” exploited a vulnerability in the platform’s tool for synching contacts prior to Sept. 2019.

“The Facebook spokesman said the social media company was not confident it had full visibility on which users would need to be notified,” reported Reuters. “He said it also took into account that users could not fix the issue and that the data was publicly available in deciding not to notify users.”

“Facebook has said it plugged the hole after identifying the problem at the time.”

The other factor likely at hand is that, when it comes to the social media business model, the users are the product.

Put it this way, if a grocery store breaks a case of jelly on aisle #4, it is going to notify the jelly? No. Read more…

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